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National Issues, Local Impact

How Indie Lens Pop-Up, filmmakers, and PBS stations gather communities.

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Using Data to Measure Impact

How do you know if documentary film makes a difference in the world?

Drove millions of dollars in donations for gender-equity causes through Women and Girls Lead, an international public media campaign using 60 films to reach 59 million viewers.

Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, this neighborhood series brings people together for film screenings and locally-driven conversations. Online and in over 90 cities across the U.S.

Connecting you to new and targeted communities, this digital platform lets you screen your film and lead a conversation, engage with panelists, and answer poll questions from any desktop or mobile device. Over 50,000 attendees and counting.

Partnering with organizations in eight countries, this global campaign uses storytelling to create social change—from increasing girls’ access to education to reducing child marriage and gender-based violence.

For Educators

Get free access to innovative, standards-aligned digital resources and streaming content based on our award-winning documentaries.

From our blog

  1. Risk Takers, Welcome to Your Summit

    February 1, 2019

    You have an exceptional story to tell and deserve the best partner to help set the stage for engaging communities via public media. We are here to support your vision and reach that pinnacle. The ITVS Independents Summit will elevate our shared values and be the place for you, ITVS staff, and industry partners to plant a flag and stake a claim for excellence in

  2. Two ITVS Films Receive Academy Award Nominations

    January 22, 2019

    Today we are excited to announce that Hale County This Morning, This Evening and ITVS Open Call-funded Minding the Gap have been nominated for Best Documentary Feature for the 91st Oscars. The Oscars will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on February 24th. Minding the Gap, directed by first-time filmmaker Bing Liu, and Hale

  3. When Your Film is About Your Neighbors

    January 17, 2019

    Going home can be challenging in many circumstances, but returning home to capture a nearby community in turmoil can add a whole new layer of complexity.  Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling, directors of ITVS Open Call funded My Country No More, described those challenges and share some insight into capturing the rural community of Trenton, North